The Office of International Affairs recently distributed more than $250,000 in scholarships and grants to 27 faculty, 15 graduate students and 32 undergraduates to be used for research projects or student programs that are international in scope. The International Affairs grant program supports projects that advance the understanding of foreign countries, cultures and peoples through academic study.
A listing of faculty, staff and students who received grants from the Office of International Affairs, Fulbright and Fulbright-Hays programs.
Richard Lomax, professor and associate dean of research and administration in the College of Education and Human Ecology, is the recipient of a prestigious Fulbright Specialist Grant. Lomax will be affiliated with the University of Tartu in Estonia, where he will be assisting two research teams on two separate projects with his expertise on structural equation modeling this May.
The first project is a multinational study of the impact of motivation and attitudinal variables on educational attainment. The second project considers the relationship between children’s well-being and health behavior in a longitudinal design of eight European countries. While in Estonia, he will also help design an advanced graduate course in social sciences and psychology on structural equation modeling.
Lee Thomason, assistant clinical professor in the Moritz College of Law, is the recipient of a prestigious Fulbright Scholar Grant. Thomason will be affiliated with the Entrepreneurial School at the MCI Management Center Innsbruck in Austria, where he will research “Innovation and angel investor decision criteria” and teach a course on transactions in intellectual properties from October 2015 – January 2016.
While in Austria, Thomason will explore investment decision-making through angel and early-stage investors. Prior research on investors in Silicon Valley and other regions across the United States has shown they will fund startups in spite of uncertainties and unproven business models. Entrepreneurs in the European Union often try to replicate Silicon Valley investment practices. Thomason will examine the choices of investors in Austria who evaluate startup businesses seeking initial capital.
Mažeika Sullivan, associate professor in the School of Environment and Natural Resources, is the recipient of a Distinguished Chair Fulbright Award. Sullivan will be affiliated with the National University of Colombia in Bogotá, where he will work on his research titled, “Biodiversity, food webs and sustainable rivers” from August-December 2015.
Nicole O’Brien, associate professor in the Department of Internal Medicine - Pediatrics, is the recipient of a Fulbright Africa Regional Research Program award. O’Brien will be affiliated with the Kinshasa School of Public Health in Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo, where she will work on her research titled, “The epidemiology of acute neurologic illness and injury in children in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.” She will be abroad for her research from September - October in 2015 and 2016.
Barbara Piperata, associate professor in the Department of Anthropology, has been awarded a prestigious Fulbright Scholar Grant. Piperata will be affiliated with the University of São Paulo and the Federal University of Pará in Brazil, where she will teach and work on her research titled, “Tracking the Nutrition Transition in Rural Amazonia: a longitudinal and comparative approach” from September-December 2015.